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. zimmerman speaks. the man who shot florida teen trayvon martin speaks out about that deadly night. >> took one hand off of my mouth and i felt it going down my chest towards my belt, my holster. that's when i didn't have any more time. losing control. the white house says bashar assad is losing control of syria. syrian rebels say they have been planning the attack on top government officials for months and tourists attack. israel blames iran for an attack on its citizens in bulgaria and israel blames iran for an attack on its citizens in bulgaria and vow revenge. captioning funded by cbs this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, july 19, 2012. good morning everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. george zimmerman wants to apologize to trayvon martin's parents.
zimmerman gave his first lengthy interview since the night he shot and killed the florida teenager. he also said he was not following martin even though he told a police dispatcher that's exactly what he was doing. he meant that i was going in the same direction as him to keep an eye on him so that i could tell the police where he was going. he says he shot in self-defense. >> i do wish that there was something, anything i could have done that wouldn't have put me in the position where i had to take his life. >> george zimmerman says his confrontation with trayvon martin didn't last long before martin started throwing punches. in an interview with fox newschannel shawn hannity zimmerman recalls how he called police about a suspicious person last february. >> he asked me what my problem was. i looked up and he punched me and broke my nose. >> zimmerman appeared with his attorney, mark o'mara. the neighborhood watch captain
has been -- since posting bond. he claims the unarmed teen attacked him while he was a patrolling a gated community in sanford, florida. zimmerman said as the two struggled that night, he felt his life was in danger. >> he said, you're going to die night. and took one hand off of my mouth and i felt it going down my chest towards my belt, my holster. that's when i didn't have any more time. i feel that it was all god's plan. >> trayvon's father, tracy martin, took exception telling the associated press there is no way god wanted george zimmerman to murder my teenage son. randall pinkston, cbs news. this morning bulgaria's interior minister says a suicide bomber care you had out an attack carrying israeli tourists. he was carrying a michigan drivers license. the fbi is determining whether
or not it was a fake. the israelis were boarding a bus at an airport. the flight had just arrived from tel aviv. the bus was destroyed. at least eight were killed including the bomber and 30 wounded. israel blames iran and vows revenge. the brazen bombing of the national security building says the assad government is losing control. the rebels that claim they planted the bomb say they planned the attack for months. the defense minister, his deputy and a former defense minister were killed. one rebel leader hopes this is the beginning of the end of the assad regime. elizabeth palmer has the report. >> a funeral turns to celebration when mourners learn that the defense minister was dead. across the country in this savage civil war, activists celebrated because it struck inside the syrian regime. the dead men were, like everyone else in the room, masterminding
the plan to crush syria's uprising. they were meeting in the national security headquarters near the center of damascus. even though fighting has come uncomfortably close these past four days, it still should have been one of the safest buildings in the country. the operation free syrian army has claimed responsibility for the bombing syria's information minister blames arab and western governments. their intelligence agencies and spies are responsible he said. an official did tell me tonight that the government is horrified how easily it appears the bomber entered the building. almost immediately after the blast, a new defense minister was appointed and for the first time state television broadcast these pictures meant to reassure the public. on the one hand, they do show syrian soldiers taking on the armed opposition. on the other hand, they are
proof that a deadly opposition offensive is in the heart of the syrian capital. immediately after the bombing, many people wondered whether president al assad himself had been in that meeting. but the syrian news agency says no, he himself appointed the new syrian defense minister. in other words, he is alive. however, he has not been seen in public. wherever he is, he must be wondering who, if anyone, he can trust. elizabeth palmer, cbs news, london. the taliban says it's responsible for an attack on a nato convoy in afghanistan. a bomb blew up a fuel tanker. the taliban fighters opened fire on the convoy. 22 trucks holding supplies for u.s. troops were destroyed. elsewhere, three nato troops were killed, two by a roadside bomb and nine afghan troops were killed in an ambush. a spokesman for secretary of state hillary clinton says accusations against her top aide are nothing but vicious and disgusting lies. several members of congress want
the government to investigate the woman for ties to the muslim brotherhood. tara mergener reports from washington. >> hume a aberdeen as been by hillary clinton's side since 1996. >> ab dean represents what is good about america. >> michele bachmann wants the inspector general's office to investigate her. deputy chief of staff has three family members, her late father, her mother and her brother connected to muslim brotherhood operatives and/or organizations. her position affords her routine access to the secretary and to policy making. bachmann has made several decision -- >> i come to the floor today -- >> in a floor speech, john mccain called her a loyal american. >> these attacks have no logic, no basis and no merit and they need to stop. >> congresswoman bachmann found
ab dean's alleged connections to the muslim brotherhood in a paper from a conservative think tank called the center for security policy. senator mccain calls the report scurrilous. >> these sinister accusations rest solely on unspecified and unsubstantiated associations of members of hume a's family. >> congressman -- believes bachmann may have other motives. >> if you're not the right religion or background in some way in her judgment, then you're just suspicious. >> ab dean is married to former congressman anthony weiner. >> now bachmann says her words are being distorted. in a statement she says her intent was to outline syria's national security concerns and get answers about the muslim brotherhood's access to top obama administration officials. terrell? >> tara mergener in washington for us. tara, thank you so much. we go to the supreme court now.
justin scalia says reports that he is feuding with chief justice john roberts is are off the mark. during an interview on piers morgan tonight, scalia said they clash legally but not personally. >> you should not believe what you read about the court in the newspapers because the information has either been made up or given to the newspapers by somebody who is violating a confidence, which means that person is not reliable. >> you've had no falling out with justice roberts? >> i'm not going to talk about -- no. i haven't had a falling out with justice roberts. >> scalia also said the court is not at all a political institution. to politics. in the neck and neck race for the white house, the just released new york times poll finds president obama and mitt romney effectively tied. 79% of those surveyed said they've made up their mind who they will vote for. 20% said it's too early to decide. speaking in ohio yesterday, romney blasted the president
saying he attacks success. >> he tries to divide america, tear america apart. he tries to diminish those who have been successful in one walk of life or another. it's simply wrong. >> today president obama begins a two-day campaign trip to florida. we'll take a quick break on this thursday morning. when we come back, a line of powerful storms socks the northeast and even blacks out a report by a tv weatherman. if you have copd like i do, you know how hard it can be to breathe and what that feels like. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open a full 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. and it's steroid-free. spiriva does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines you take, even eye drops.
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>> well then, that cbs station in boston a weather report was rudely interrupted by that's right the weather. it knocked out the studio lights. what do you do? leaving that forecast silhouetted by the storm. i don't want to be in that control room. there will be more storm activity across the country today. the drought and the heat continues to be the big story. a huge part of the nation's mid section from the mississippi river valley westward will swelter again with highs in the 90s and 100s while farmers pray for rain. cbs "moneywatch" time on this thursday. a new report shows how hard the nation's housing crisis is affecting older americans. a proposal to tax drivers by the mile. ashley morrison here in new york with more. ash, good morning. >> good morning terrell. the aarp says more than a million americans over the age of 50 lost their homes during the mortgage crisis and millions more are at risk. the report finds about 600,000
older americans are in foreclosure and 3.5 million hold mortgages that are underwater. the rise in u.s. housing -- asian markets a bit of a bounce. the nikkei went up almost 1% and the hang seng jumped over 1.5%. on wall street, stocks were lifted for a second straight day. the dow was up 103 point and the nasdaq added 32. it was a rough day for capital one. the credit card company can reported its second quarter profits were down 90% and the company was ordered by the government to pay a $210 million fine. capital one allegedly misled consumers into buying costly credit card services. city leaders were considering a new tax to fix san francisco's potholes. transportation planners are looking at charging drivers 10 cents for every mile they travel. that could add up to about $1300 a year on average. but they admit, this tax will
not be a reality for some time. something tells me, terrell, that's not going to go over very well either. >> duh. that's what i was thinking. that ain't happening. ashley morrison here in new york. thank you so much. take a quick break. coming up, we'll have your weather forecast and in sports, michael phelps could become the top medal winner in history. his obstacle, a friend and fellow team member. untans... in alabama we had more beautiful blooms... in mississippi we had more good times... in louisiana we had more fun on the water. last season we broke all kinds of records on the gulf. this year we are out to do even better... and now is a great time to start. our beatches are even more relaxing... the fishing's great. so pick your favorite spot on the gulf... and come on down. brought to you by bp and all of us who call the gulf home.
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in some cities. thunderstorms in new york, 85. mostly sunny in miami, 93. thunderstorms in chicago, 82. partly sunny skies in dallas, 98. partly sunny skies in los angeles, 81. let's check your national forecast. we'll see scattered thunderstorms across much of the eastern half of the country and from eastern wisconsin to the ohio valley. some of the storms will produce hail and heavy downpours. fierce heat continues in the plains. showers and thunderstorms likely along the west coast and inland as far as idaho. in sports this morning, team usa will have its hands full and many events at the london olympics starting a week from tomorrow. but in swimming, the americans have a pair of not so secret weapons. one is michael phelps who could wind up with more olympic medals than anyone in history. the other is one of his closest friends. bigad shaban reports. >> michael phelps is back in the water hoping to add to his olympic medal collection at the london games. he has 16 already. 8 from the last summer olympics in beijing. >> the only thing i'm worried
about is myself and preparing myself to go out and represent my country and step up wearing the stars and stripes and try to swim as fast as i can. >> but this time, phelps finds himself up against fellow american ryan lochte. they're fierce rivals in the pool but they're also friends. >> we have a great relationship. we have a great rivalry and a great friendship. i mean, last night he was in my room and we were playing cards. >> if phelps earns medals in just three of the seven events he's expected to compete in, he'll break a world's record and become the most decorated olympian in history. >> he's probably the hardest racer i've ever came across. >> but lochte is also a tough competitor with six olympic medals already and he's hungry for more. bigad shaban, cbs news, knoxville, tennessee. whatever happens, the london olympics will most likely be his last. in case you were wondering, he's only 27. to baseball now, atlanta hosting san francisco. game tied into the 11th inning
after a hit batter and a walk. brandon crawford fouled one off his knee, then launched a home run into the right field seats. then two out, two on, the giants second three-run homer of the inning. san francisco wins 9-4. in oakland, tied in the bottom of the ninth, brandon hicks smashed his first major league home run. a solo shot deep to center giving the as a walk-off win and hicks a wild welcome at home plate. finally at yankees stadium, brett lori went after a pop-up and tumbled into a deep camera well next to the dugout. this looked pretty bad. but he suffered only a bruised calf and hopes to play tomorrow. they won 6-0. when we come back on a thursday, the man arrested for getting buck naked at the airport. was it indecent exposure or was he exercising his first
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here's a look at the weather. in d.c., 94. same deal in atlanta, 92. thunderstorms in st. louis, 96. also in denver, 94. partly sunny skies in seattle, 79 degrees. nasa released satellite pictures of a giant iceberg breaking away from a glacier in green land. the pictures taken this week show a huge ice shell cracking and breaking up. the largest piece is an iceberg of 46 square miles, twice the size of manhattan island. scientists say it happened because greenland is warming five times faster than the average. the man who took off his clothes at the portland airport,
he was found not guilty of indecent exposure. john brennan said he was protesting what he thought were invasive measures by security personnel. a judge ruled brennan is protected by free speech rights. getting any ideas? imagine working 70 years at one job. that's how long al blackman has been a mechanic at the airport. he turned 87 next month and started when he was 16. guess how much he made in 1942? 50 cents an hour. he still reports to work every day for american airlines and has no plans to retire. to mark his incredible achievement, he got a right in a vintage plane. now a toast. we don't mean the bubbly. a british auction house says it piece of toast -- gave the uneaten toast to her mum who kept it all these years in a teacup. the 83-year-old woman hopes a collector will pay as much as $800 for it. coming up after your local news, trayvon martin's parents respond to george zimmerman saying he's sorry for killing
some storms could be strong. some could also be severe. highs for your afternoon, 92 in downtown. 95 in manassas. andrews air force base, you'll get to 93 degrees. here's a look at your time saver traffic with the lovely monika samtani. if you're planning to head out the door, things don't look so bad right now. you have a bit of construction on the beltway west side through the annandale and tysons corner area. other than that things look good coming in from sterling. the northbound side of 95 and 395 at duke street, this is a good example of the interstates heading to the 14th street bridge. let's go back over to our maps and this time to the north side oftown. there is construction on the inner loop of the beltway between university boulevard and new hampshire avenue. you need to stay to the left to
get around that. we'll end with a live look at the wilson bridge where traffic is moving well. more coming up at 4:39. it is 4:28 now. the round of storms which tore through washington wednesday once again knocked down trees, cut off power, even sparked some house fires. >> mat jablow has the story of residents in one northeast neighborhood where the power again is off. >> i just now started restocking my refrigerator. >> reporter: when jennifer's house lost electricity today after a huge tree collapsed on power lines in her northwest washington neighborhood, she said her only thought was here we go again. >> yes, exactly. >> reporter: jennifer and most of her neighbors were in the dark for nearly a week after last month's derecho uprooted several trees around arcadia place. at least one of which according to people here had a hollowed out and therefore badly damaged root system. >> they're beautiful but it takes a risk. >> reporter: fortunately only
one tree also with a hollowed out root system came down during today's late afternoon storm and even more fortunately nobody was injured and only one house was damaged and only slightly. >> we do usually lose power because we have above ground lines. >> reporter: still residents here say they're beginning to feel jinxed and beginning to wonder when the next tree will fall. >> the tree that fell down at the end of the street had the red dot on it to be taken away. there's another one next door that makes me wonder whether a lot of these trees are in good shape. >> reporter: in wheaton a toppled tree was also causing serious problems. >> lightning struck this tree. >> reporter: the strong winds knocked down a tree into some power lines which fell into cheryl's house and started a fire. >> i came out and looked at that and heard somebody screaming. it was my daughter. >> reporter: no one was injured but cheryl was pretty shaken up but grateful it wasn't worse. some folks near annapolis were feeling fortunate tonight as well